Bohemian forest

National Park of Šumava and german neighbouring National Park Bavarian forest were always one of my favourite locations both for photography and for wandering. If I want to get away from the civilization, this is my best bet. Moorlands and streams hidden in wild forests which now naturally recover after bark beetle calamity are all just ideal landscape which changes directly in front of the lens.

All trees must fall
All trees must fall

All trees must fall

I was really happy I decided to go to Steinfleckberg once I discovered this location. Away from marked trails this place feels like wilderness. Had plenty of time trying new compositions with this nice fallen tree and got prepared for this shot once the sun set.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/8 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 21, 2018 18:08:00
From Steinfleckberg to Lusen
From Steinfleckberg to Lusen

From Steinfleckberg to Lusen

So many times I was on Lusen and looked towards nearby Steinfleckberg. However I have never been there. This time I decided to try something new and went to Steinfleckberg. While I was sure the summit of Lusen is crowded with people watching the sunset, I was completely alone here.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/50 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 21, 2018 17:56:50
Rays over Bavaria
Rays over Bavaria

Rays over Bavaria

Second day on the Lusen (and was it second time that day as well) I caught these interesting rays, lighting up meadows and villages far away in Bavaria and below Brotjacklriegel with its TV tower.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/400 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 21, 2018 15:43:03
Stone sea on Lusen
Stone sea on Lusen

Stone sea on Lusen

After a whole day spent trapped in fog I did not expect much from the susnet at Lusen mountain and got surprised once again. While it lasted just for a few moments, stone sea on Lusen got painted by yellow light.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/10 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 20, 2018 17:50:58
Skeletal forms
Skeletal forms

Skeletal forms

Grenzsteig (border trail) leads not only through wild forest but also through bogs. Shapes can get really strange there and encourage fantasies while emerging from the fog.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/320 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 20, 2018 11:54:25
On the grenzsteig
On the grenzsteig

On the grenzsteig

Oh, how I love the fog! Especially when there are so many interesting shapes and forms around as there are on the border trail. I chose centered composition for this image to emphasize the decaying tree.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Date taken: Oct 20, 2018 08:46:08
Evening in the bogs
Evening in the bogs

Evening in the bogs

The mist was light that evening, slowly creeping over the forests. While I wanted to capture the location with wide angle lens, the mist made details more interesting. Evening sun getting through added that orange pinkish colour cast and made forest mysterious.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/40 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 19, 2018 17:05:07
From the world of forest solitude
From the world of forest solitude

From the world of forest solitude

Usually referred as the most beautiful valley in the mountains, Březník is quite a stunning place closed by the dominant cone of Lusen mountain. I spent the evening looking for the best composition. Finally, those trees in the foreground and remains of former reservoir made me settle for this place off all the main trails. I watched the slopes turn orange and pinkish but the best conditions occured once small separate clouds appeared and sunlight hit just the tip of Lusen.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: May 20, 2018 20:44:37
Darkest hour of night
Darkest hour of night

Darkest hour of night

According to the forecast, the evening cloud should have dissolved by night and the Milky Way should be in ideal position around 1 a.m. When I leave my sleeping bag and the temperature is just slightly above zero, there are only small clouds remaining above Germany and Milky Way is exactly where it was supposed to be. Separate exposure for stars and bulb for landscape.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 30/1 s
  • Aperture: f/2.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Date taken: May 21, 2018 01:21:33
Spring brook
Spring brook

Spring brook

Sometimes it is only a small detail that makes you stop like this marsh-marigold that was placed in the middle of the brook waiting to be captured. As it was still quite early in the morning, light was interesting enough and I got this shot by surprise.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: May 21, 2018 06:48:35
Murky waters
Murky waters

Murky waters

Chaluská peat-bog is one of the most visited and photographed locations in Šumava which should by itself keep me far away from it. However there must be something special about this place as it remained my strongest childhood memory from this region. I remember it being beautifully dreary with black swampy waters swallowing grey dullness of reflecting clouds. Luckily it stays the same in this regard so I like coming back. In terms of composition it is only about keeping the birch reflection far from small grassy island. Apart from that taking the shot is only about waiting for better light.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/8 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 29, 2016 17:28:25
Somewhere else
Somewhere else

Somewhere else

Condition were not ideal that evening on Lusen. For more than one hour the clouds were moving from the west directly to the mountains diffusing the golden hour light too much. 5 minutes to the sunset the clouds definitively arrived and took me somewhere else - into the fog with no light at all. Possibility of capturing the whole landscape in the best light was gone with fog so I could only hope for it to get thinner allowing some light through. And it happened!

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/10 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 28, 2016 17:33:42
The crooked one
The crooked one

The crooked one

The forests around Lusen are green again after several years. The force of nature is visible the best in autumn when grass turns yellow and ferns turn red so that the trees are the only green element in the landscape. The crooked bush on the Lusen itself is one of the few things present there apart from stones.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/80 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 28, 2016 16:54:01
The last cold tones
The last cold tones

The last cold tones

Moorlands cool down quickly during nights and remain the last islands of cold in otherwise warm mornings. I was on Zwieselterfilz just on time to capture the contrast between the cool and the warm tones of that morning.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/15 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 27, 2016 06:28:13
Night in the wilderness
Night in the wilderness

Night in the wilderness

When the skies are clear and the Moon is below the horizon it is still possible to experience really dark nights even in the middle of Europe. On those nights the Milky Way is not just noticeable but all its details clearly visible by the naked eye. Accompanied by the sounds of the forest (squirels, deer, owls) it is pure magic.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 25/1 s
  • Aperture: f/2.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Date taken: Aug 25, 2016 22:06:25
Morning haze
Morning haze

Morning haze

When the new day started I was already on the way. Nothing can ever really compare with the mood of walk through morning dew when first sunrays hit the mists.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/40 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 27, 2016 06:26:10
Morning on Jährlingsschachten
Morning on Jährlingsschachten

Morning on Jährlingsschachten

The sun was rising over the ridge of Poledník (Mittagsberg) whose top lookout tower and former radar station is visible in the left part of the picture. I really appreciated the warmth of the first sunrays after freezing night on Jährlingsschachten meadow.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/320 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 19mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 29, 2015 08:02:00
Höllbachfälle
Höllbachfälle

Höllbachfälle

Autumn colors in Hell brook´s gorge. Brook makes its way through clenched canyon full of maples and beeches. In the rockiest part 5 metres high Höllbachfall falls and creates wonderful scenery.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 8/10 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 29, 2015 10:19:00
Höllbachgespreng
Höllbachgespreng

Höllbachgespreng

In the past times woods in Hell brook´s gorge were feared as entrance to hell. Thanks to that these offer photographic paradise of pure wilderness even today. Add some autumnal fog and the atmosphere is just ideal.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/5 s
  • Aperture: f/7.1
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 29, 2015 11:26:20
Night ghosts
Night ghosts

Night ghosts

It was getting dark and my way was fading in dense fog when suddenly I was able to see the ridge on my left side with tree ghost rising from the silence. I tried to capture the unforgetable atmosphere of upcoming night quickly setting up my tripod and camera before all the fog was gone.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 25/10 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 25, 2014 18:23:27
Eternity
Eternity

Eternity

New moon night prepared some wonderfull show. Milions of stars and Milky way in the arc high over your head and over dead trees. This type of photography repeatedly shows limitations of my camera. Altough stars are clearly visible by the naked eye, ISO must be bumped up to reproduce the same in photograph which results in high noise. Captured by the the Kirchlinger Stand meadow.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 25/1 s
  • Aperture: f/3.5
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Date taken: Oct 25, 2014 22:02:28
Burning forest
Burning forest

Burning forest

You can say my album is "dead tree a hundred times" but I was always fascinated by its strange cold beauty. There are always new ways of seeing these woods - creepy, disgusting but full of unknown shapes and beautiful in its skeletal form at the same time. Same applies for the photography - always new conditions in which you find these forests.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/80 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Date taken: Oct 26, 2014 07:52:51
Kirchlinger stand
Kirchlinger stand

Kirchlinger stand

Freezing in the cold morning paid off once the Sun started to paint the skies. On the edge of this meadow I found fallen trees, slowly disappearing in the grass and used them as a foreground for my shot.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/10 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 26, 2014 07:39:24
Reschbachklause
Reschbachklause

Reschbachklause

Old reservoir formerly used for timber floating is now slowly overgrowing and surrounding bark beetle-damaged forest naturally restoring. It was noontime when I took this photograph but clouds and colors seemed interesting enough to me to take it. View towards border with Czech Republic.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/400 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 26, 2014 11:41:45
Deep frozen
Deep frozen

Deep frozen

Pathway between Almschachten and Verlorener schachten in morning light. Glittering hoarfrost on the grass and trees combined with clear sunrays prepared this shot.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/160 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 25mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 25, 2014 09:02:43
Almschachten
Almschachten

Almschachten

Waking up early and before sunrise is always hard. Sometimes you have to sacrifice the comfort of warm sleeping bag and get to the freezing air outside of your tent to get this type of photographs. Conditions were especially good that day, with remains of snow and frozen grass in the foreground and with purple horizon. Shot on highland meadow of Almschachten.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/30 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 25, 2014 07:38:20
Hochschachten
Hochschachten

Hochschachten

I arrived to Hochschachten pasture after the sunset and didn´t even hope to get some shots there. The light was still quite good though so I took this image looking towards Grosser Arber with its summit hiding in cloud.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/40 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 24, 2014 17:52:06
Hochschachten
Hochschachten

Hochschachten

My favourite tree on Hochschachten pasture located in its lower part. Sun was already set and clouds were rather dull. Still snow maps caught my eye and I took 4 vertical shots for this stitched image.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/5 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 24, 2014 18:01:03
Kleine Ohe brook
Kleine Ohe brook

Kleine Ohe brook

Little waterfall

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 25/10 s
  • Aperture: f/16.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 27, 2011 13:49:33
Cloudy oceans
Cloudy oceans

Cloudy oceans

View from Lusen towards southeast. Stones on top of the mountain caught last sunrays of that day while lower hills and forest were hiding in foggy blanket.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 27, 2011 17:49:15
Spirits of the dead wood
Spirits of the dead wood

Spirits of the dead wood

Mysterious forest as seen from the Lusen mountain. Got really lucky back then with superb conditions of fog spreading just above the ground so that those skeletal trees could appear like rising from nowhere. Since then fog with dead trees make for one of my most favourite subjects in photography. In 2018 most of these trees are not standing anymore.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 10/800 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 27, 2011 16:34:12
Ilusory forest
Ilusory forest

Ilusory forest

For a long time was this shot just in my mind. Coincidence I cropped it from original image 3 months after creating this album... The darkest place is under the candlestick.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/80 s
  • Aperture: f/10.0
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 27, 2011 17:14:42
Greetings, mountains
Greetings, mountains

Greetings, mountains

Brocken spectre displays magnification only of nearby objects. Among climbers is said that when you see it first time, you are welcome in the mountains. Second time you are in danger and risk of death in the mountains. Third time you see it you are seasoned mountaineer. Bad luck, this was my first one...

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/400 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 27, 2011 16:53:44
Old woods in Teufelsloch (Devil´s pass)
Old woods in Teufelsloch (Devil´s pass)

Old woods in Teufelsloch (Devil´s pass)

People were affraid of this place with steep rocky formations. Devils allegedly threw hot cones on travelers here...

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 27, 2011 14:28:52
Hamerský brook
Hamerský brook

Hamerský brook

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 32/10 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 26, 2011 14:35:10

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